English as Second Language (ESL)
The Webster University Thailand ESL Program aims to provide students with the core language competencies needed to achieve academic success throughout coursework at Webster Thailand. Throughout the duration of the program, students will engage themselves in order to refine and practice the five basic English language skills of writing, reading, speaking, listening, and critical thinking. Students will also be given the opportunity to further develop key lexis/vocabulary for specific purposes, phonology/pronunciation, grammar, and the usage of English as a Second or Foreign Language.
Graduate ESL Policy
Graduate students who do not meet the language proficiency requirements for admittance into the regular degree program at Webster University Thailand (575 on the TOEFL Paper Based Test or its equivalent) will be given the opportunity to earn course credit using the ESLG course prefix. Based on any prior score on an English proficiency examination, such as the TOEFL or IELTS, students will be placed into one of the following two categories.
ESLG 1000: Graduate students with a preliminary score ranging from 510-549 on the TOEFL Paper Based Test (or its equivalent on the IELTS or TOEFL Internet Based Test/Computer Based Test) will be enrolled in ESLG 1000 – Intensive English as a Second Language, which is a non-credit course. In addition to ESLG 1000 students will be required to take one introductory-level course toward their regular program of study.
ESLG 2000: Graduate students with a preliminary score ranging from 550-574 on the TOEFL Paper Based Test (or its equivalent on the IELTS or TOEFL Internet Based Test/Computer Based Test) will be required to take ESLG 2000 – Intermediate English as a Second Language, which is a non-credit course. In addition to ESLG 2000, students will be required to take two courses toward their regular program of study.
Both ESLG 1000 and ESLG 2000 meet three times per week for three hours each day for a total of 9 hours per week. At the end of each semester, students will be given an official TOEFL ITP examination. The intensive nature of these courses is designed to ensure that students progress through the program in as little as one semester. For a detailed explanation of the policy, please see the Graduate ESL Policy.
The goals and expected outcomes of the ESL Program are to:
- Develop listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills/strategies for successful comprehension;
- Read for a variety of different purposes and adjust reading strategies accordingly;
- Build academic vocabulary and practice organization of the paragraph and academic essay;
- Learn forms and functions of grammatical features appropriate to writing tasks.